Ballade Vir 'n Enkeling

Genres: Drama
Broadcast on: SABC2, TV1, kykNET & kie, SABC Encore



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Season 1

Channel Premiere Finale TX Time Episodes
TV1 07 May 1987 06 Aug 1987 Thursdays, 19h05 - 19h55 14
SABC2 23 Feb 2007 25 May 2007 Fridays, 21h00 - 22h00 14
kykNET & kie 11 Apr 2015 27 Jun 2015 Saturdays, 20h00 - 22h00 14
SABC Encore 13 May 2015 12 Aug 2015 Wednesdays, 19h30 - 20h30 14

Season 1

Ballade Vir 'n Enkeling (Ballad for a Loner) is an Afrikaans language drama set in 1985 that centres around the search by a young journalist for her colleague and fellow journalist Jacques Rynhard following his sudden, mysterious disappearance.

As the story begins Jacques has just been awarded the Basson Prize for his novel Die Enkeling, but he disappears before the announcement is made.

Otto Beukes, the editor of the magazine Die Huisvriend, decides to follow up on the story and puts top journalist Carina Human on the story.

In a quest to find out where Jacques has gone and why he's disappeared Human begins the search for him by locating to the people closest to him.

Initially none of them wants to talk to her but as the continues asking her probing questions and sifting through their lies she slowly but surely gets them to open up to reveal the truth across the series.

The first people Carina makes contact with are Jan-Paul Otto, a freelance actor who is supposedly Jaques's best friend and Lena - who is an artist and the love of Jacques' life. They refuse to talk about Jacques but through the little they do say Carina realises that they have something to hide.

Ballade Vir 'n Enkeling was written by Leon van Nierop and directed by Henry Mylne, with additional scenes and dialogue written by Mylne. The series was produced by TV-Drama (Afrikaans) for the SABC. The theme tune was by Richard van der Westhuizen whilst all original music and orchestrations were by Louis van Rensburg.

Broadcast Notes

The first 10 episodes of Season 1 aired on kykNET & kie on Saturdays at 20h00. The last four episodes aired as double bills on consecutive weekends.

Season 1 Cast

(scroll to bottom for available actor bios)


Gavin van den Berg	...	Jacques Rynhard
Karin Fourie		...	Carina Human
Babs Laker		...	Liebet Rynhard
Marie Pentz		...	Trudie Linde (Shivas)
Selma van der Vyver	...	Lena Aucamp
Alwyn van der Merwe	...	Jan-Paul Otto
Anneline Kriel		...	Alicia Francke
William Egan		...	Otto Beukes
Shareen Swart		...	Meisie Moolman
Hugo Taljaard		...	Gavin Greeff

Recurring / Guests

Alida Theron		...	Farmer's Widow
Lizz Meiring		...	Zena, die Ontvangsdame
Ruda Landman		...	Nuusleser
Fiona Coyne		...	Guest Star
Norman Anstey		...	Guest Star
Anna Neethling-Pohl	...	Prof. Meiring (Special Guest Star)
Stefan Foord		...	Klein Jacques
Hodia de Beer		...	Klein Lena
Johan Engelbrecht	...	Kabaret Kunstenaar
Jocelyn Broderick	...	Kabaret Kunstenaar
Elizabeth Swart		...	Amelia Malan
Sann de Lange		...	Tannie in the Laeveld
Rita Ehlers		...	Johanna Kinski
Willem Vermaas		...	Lena se Pa
Tanya Logan		...	Jan-Paul se Vriendin
André Snyman		...	Deurwag
Desireè Flint		...	Bibliotekaresse
Robert Butler		...	Man by Lughawe
Matthys du Toit		...	Regter
George van Zyl		...	Lioc, die Franse Fotograaf
Milla Louw		...	Elma, die Buurvrou
Johan Bernard		...	Mnr. Steyn, die Skoolhoof
Nicky Allers		...	Afleweringsjonge
Roger Dubarry		...	Seun in die Verbeteringskool
Kobus Kleynhans		...	Seun in die Verbeteringskool
Henk Lottering		...	Seun in die Verbeteringskool
William Middleton	...	Seun in die Verbeteringskool
Matthys du Toit		...	Regter
Frans Gräbe		...	Hoofseun
Woutrine Theron		...	Lena se Ma
Willem Vermaas		...	Lena se Pa
Millie Buchanan		...	Linne-Matrone
Danny Fourie		...	Mnr. Botha, Onderwyser
Michael Lassey		...	Ander Onderwyser
Tim Allen		...	Guest Star
Chris Bezuidenhout	...	Guest Star
Louwtjie Rademeyer	...	Guest Star
Jacques Loots		...	Stoker / Treindrywer
Anton Kruger		...	Tiener
Marietjie Jacobsz	...	Tiener
Marietjie Fourie	...	Guest Star
Frieda van Niekerk	...	Vrou in die Bakkie
Thys du Plooy		...	Gavin Greeff se Handlanger
Charles Pienaar		...	Gavin Greeff se Handlanger
Jonathan Kvalsvig	...	Kroegman
Carl Botha		...	Koper by Uitstalling
Louis van Rensburg	...	Sanger
Gigi Strydom		...	Mev. du Plessis
Chris Schutte		...	Mel, die nuwe Fotograaf
Tjaart Potgieter	...	Fanie, Alicia se Sekretaris
Ndebele Phoghlela	...	Petroljoggie
Leon van Heerden	...	Moteleienaar
Daleen Otto		...	Padkafee-eienares
Johann "J.J." Jonker	...	Guest Star
Michael Jonker		...	Guest Star
Brenda Fahy		...	Guest Star
Raymond Bower		...	Guest Star
Carl Botha		...	Guest Star
Faith Kassebaum		...	Guest Star
Marina Mynhardt		...	Guest Star
Willie Naudé		...	Guest Star
Gerben Kamper		...	Arnold Trystman
Chris du Toit		...	Redakteur: Dagblad
Christo Compion		...	Frans Els
Sann de Lange		...	Tannie in die Laeveld
Frans Kalp		...	Ruben, Joernalis: Dagblad
Willie Fritz		...	Joernalis: Die Huisvriend
Patricia Pieterse	...	Angel, Ontvangsdame: Dagblad
Frans Theron		...	Buite-Keurder
Joha Fourie		...	Buite-Keurder
Schalk Schoombie	...	Altus, die Regisseur
Laurens Cilliers	...	Akteur
Libé Ferreira		...	Akteur
Elmarie Kruger		...	Akteur
Frankie Opperman	...	Akteur
Marion Hulzer		...	Onderhoudvoerster
Maryna Bezuidenhout	...	Guest Star
Retha Gous		...	Guest Star
Erica Eysele		...	Guest Star
Lindy Horak		...	Guest Star
Adrian Walden		...	Guest Star
Sidney Hart		...	Guest Star

Season 1 Cast

Jacques Rynhard

Carina Human

Liebet Rynhard

Trudie Linde (Shivas)

Lena Aucamp

Jan-Paul Otto

Alicia Francke

Otto Beukes

Meisie Moolman

Gavin Greef

Farmer's Widow

Zena, die Ontvangsdame


Guest Star

Guest Star

Kabaret Kunstenaar


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